Brazil football star Ronaldinho backs far-right presidential candidate

Saul Bowman
October 11, 2018

As of the taping, results of the election weren't yet finalized, though Bolsonaro did end up claiming 46 percent of the vote, with Haddad trailing at just over 29 percent, so there will be a run-off election.

He will face the left-wing Workers' Party candidate, Fernando Haddad, in the second round on 28 October.

Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro won the first round of Brazil's presidential elections on Sunday, Reuters reported.

While Bolsonaro was victorious in the first round, many of his supporters are not fully pleased because they believe he should have won a majority and blame voter fraud for coming up short.

Mr Bolsonaro's rival, Fernando Haddad, meanwhile took to Facebook to publicise his message after he made it into the second round.

Bolsonaro, who is recovering from a near-fatal stabbing while campaigning last month, plans to rally the support of elected lawmakers on Friday near his home in the Barra de Tijuca beach district of Rio de Janeiro.

Opinion polls released before the campaign closed predicted Bolsonaro could capture 35 per cent of the votes. He promised that his government would look out for the poorest and weakest members of society.

As to the candidates rejection index, ("which candidate would you never vote for?"), Jair Bolsonaro (PSL): 44%; Fernando Haddad (PT): 41%; Marina Silva (REDE): 31%; Geraldo Alckmin (PSDB): 24%; Ciro Gomes (PDT): 21%; Henrique Meirelles (MDB): 15%; Guilherme Boulos (PSOL): 15%; Cabo Daciolo (PATRI): 15%; Alvaro Dias (PODE): 15%; Eymael (DC): 14%; Vera (PSTU): 13%; João Amoêdo (NOVO): 12%; João Goulart Filho (PPL): 12%, and Doesn't know, 3% and 2% reject all candidates, would vote for none.

He also echoed Trump when he called on his social media followers to "make Brazil great".

One image shows a gun on the top of the electronic voting machine and Bolsonaro's face on the screen in a school of Sao Joao de Meriti, outside Rio de Janeiro.

During the massive #EleNão (Not Him) protests of the last few weeks, demonstrators against Jair Bolsonaro attacked the candidate for his perceived disregard for democracy. He has vowed to loosen gun laws to allow more people to arm themselves.

This Sunday 7 October, out of a population of 210 million, some 147 million Brazilians are registered to vote, which is mandatory for everyone between the ages of 18 and 70. The margin of error is estimated in two percentage points, the level of confidence of the poll, 95%, and the survey has been registered with Brazil's Superior Electoral Tribunal, TSE.

Some party numbers are well-known.

The victory was all the more remarkable because Bolsonaro lacked the backing of a major party and campaigned on a shoestring budget, relying mainly on social media to build a base.

Others have lost faith in the Workers' Party and feel the current race leaves them with no good options.

While Brazilians say that deteriorating security is one of their major concerns, crime - and efforts to crack down on it - have become nearly a metaphor in Bolsonaro's campaign.

The PT's policies will only strengthen the far right and heighten the threat of a return to an even bloodier dictatorship than the one that ruled the country for two decades beginning in 1964. "People will be hungry, with a currency that is worth nothing", she said, while leaving a polling station with her daughter.

Several people were detained for conducting exit polls after voters cast their ballots.

Some media have started calling him the "Trump of the Tropics" comparing his populist style and social media presence to that of the United States leader.

Instead, the two front-runners merely reflect the rabid divisions that have opened up in Brazilian politics following Dilma Rousseff's impeachment and the revelations emerging from the "Car Wash" graft probe. She is running for a Senate seat for the state of MInas Gerais.

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